I am so excited to write about this wedding, I almost don’t know where to begin! But I think I have to start with the bride and groom themselves, and their pup Oso…because when I first learned about this pup’s story I knew I would love working with his parents! Chloe adopted Oso while she was with the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic, and gave him his name because he looked like an ‘osito’ (a little bear). Jon says he jokes that he knew Chloe and Oso were a package deal…and that Chloe was the package that came with Oso! They are his bundle! 🙂 You’ll see Oso in the pictures below…what a sweetheart! But of course he is, he has wonderful parents!
Jon proposed to Chloe at the Kennedy Center, with the help of her favorite band Crush Funk Brass. While the band serenaded Chloe with the song Down on Bended, Jon knelt down and asked her to be his wife! And to top it off, Chloe had no idea the surprise was coming! A magical moment indeed! They tied the knot at the beautiful Clifton Inn in Charlottesville last weekend, with a ceremony that incorporated religious traditions from both of their families. The Greek and Jewish celebration led to some amazing dancing during the reception! The Hora was so exciting!! The whole night I felt grateful and happy to be a part of the celebration. When I’m having an especially good time working with a couple, I often ask myself: Why? In this case, the toasts given by Chloe and Jon’s families and friends truly gave words to my own feelings: these two are exceptionally good people. Jon is so polite and kind. And Chloe is the sweetest, she knows what she wants and goes for it. I love working with strong, smart women! I wish these two all the best and hope you enjoy a sneak peek of their amazing day! Thanks Chrishaun Jones with Elegance & Simplicity for all your help, I loved working with you!

I’m so in love with pup Oso! He was exhausted with the festivities! hehehe

The bow-tie struggle is real! hehehehe

Right before the First Look, when Jon would see Chloe in her (gorgeous!) Berta wedding dress for the first time, I was standing with Jon, telling him Chloe was about to appear and just encouraging him to enjoy the moment and pretend my second photographer and I wasn’t there. He became emotional with happy, excited tears…and just gave me a big hug. It meant so much, and showed so clearly the depth of his feelings for Chloe. A special moment I will always remember!

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There was a big bug in Chloe’s veil! I love my relaxed brides! heheheheh

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The emotional environment of a wedding definitely starts with the bride and groom. Although it was a very hot day, Chloe and Jon were such good sports! They had smiles on their faces the whole time and a wonderful energy! I love it so much!Clifton Inn Wedding Charlottesville

Clifton Inn Wedding Charlottesville

Thanks Sarah Der for shooting this amazing wedding with me!

Coordinator and Florist : Elegance Simplicity / Stationary: Minted / Venue, Catering and Cake Artist: Clifton Inn / Ceremony music: Terra Voce / Reception music: The Free with Sam Hill Entertainment / Hair and Make-up: Noelle and Natalie with Ave 42 Style Studio  / Wedding Dress: Berta Bridal from Carines Bridal / Veil: Carines Bridal / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Groom’s attire: Custom dark navy blue tuxedo from DC Custom Clothiers / Childcare Services: Local Nanny Network

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NC State University Engagement Session

I’m so excited to be sharing these, Katie and Jack are fun fun fun! It is always so wonderful to meet a couple who have been together since high school. It’s rare nowadays, and I think it’s incredibly special to meet someone when you’re young and have the opportunity to grow with them…and that’s exactly the case with Katie and Jack. Six years ago, when senior prom came around Katie found herself without a date. But luckily, a friend knew just the young man to step in! And although their paths had somehow never crossed before Jack’s first fateful text, these two were about to fall hard! Not many couples can say their prom was truly a date with destiny!
I met Katie and Jack on a beautiful morning at the North Carolina State University campus for their engagement session. Their engagement party had taken place the night before, and even with just three hours of sleep they were bright-eyed and excited to have pictures taken at their alma mater. These two are such a fun couple! It’s clear that they are the best of friends and can always bring a smile to one another’s face. And I was so excited to learn that Katie is eager to expand their family with a golden retriever puppy! Whenever that may happen, I know that a little golden will bring these two fun souls lots of love and adventure!
Their wedding promises to be a big, wonderful celebration, and I feel very lucky and honored to be a part of it! I’m super excited for the opportunity to work with Ashley Culicchia of The Graceful Host. She’s an incredible planner with great energy, so sweet, talented and organized. What a treat! The day Katie and Jack tie the knot is going to be a fantastic one! Enjoy this peek at their engagement session.

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NC State University Engagement Session

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I’ve been waiting for this one for a while…because I knew it would be wonderful…and I’m so excited to share it! Last November I had the great pleasure of getting to know Loren and Edgar in downtown Richmond, where I did their engagement session. We had so much fun! Part of the session took place at salsa club Havana 59 where the couple first met, and I learned about their courtship and how Edgar included his two children in his proposal to Loren…such an incredibly sweet story! So I couldn’t wait to witness the beginning of their happily ever after. And my suspicions that the day might include some fantastic dancing were spot-on!
The ceremony and reception took place at historic Bedford Columns in Virginia. This estate was built in 1848 and has quite a history, but was renovated and now specializes in weddings and events. Loren and Edgar’s ceremony took place outside in beautiful late-afternoon light, with loved ones all around. I found myself tearing up behind the camera several times! As a couple, they are so genuinely nice…they truly enjoyed their guests and were so completely happy. Their calm and loving energy made the whole day very emotional and meaningful. Kelly (Loren’s maid of honor) spoke beautifully during her toast about the bride’s quiet strength and how well she knows what she wants. As I listened, I realized how completely true that is: early on in our working relationship, when I asked Edgar what he loves about Loren, one of the things he mentioned was her strength. She is so creative and organized, and has great style. And so does Edgar! What a stylish groom!
But their style is only the beginning…these two can tear up a dance floor! In the evening, Loren changed into a gorgeous art deco dress to surprise guests with a salsa dance with Edgar! They completely rocked it, and it kicked off the dancing so perfectly! Amazing!! I loved being a part of their day so much, and I hope you enjoy this sneak peek into the festivities. It’s going to be hard to top 2017, what an incredible summer it’s been so far! Thanks to Kira Appel with The Bedford Columns for all your help, it was wonderful to work with you.

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The Bedford Columns Wedding

Venue: The Bedford Columns / Coordinator: Kira Appel with The Bedford Columns / Florist: Carla Bruce  with Entwined Events Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas / Cake Artist: Cakeview / Catering: The Bedford Columns / Ceremony music: String Trio led by Michael Tyree / Reception music: Dele Rockson with The Bedford Columns / Make-up: Makeup by Ashley  / Hair: Hair Designs by Jessica / Wedding Dress: Wtoo by Watters from Bridal Elegance / Reception dress: Unique Vintage / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaids dress: Adrianna Papell / Groom’s attire: Custom tuxedo from Nordstrom / Groomsmen attire: The Black Tux / Other: Dress appliques from Celebrity Bridal & Formals

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  • JimJuly 9, 2017 - 2:17 pm

    Great setting and capturing their love!ReplyCancel

Military wedding at the Sutherland in Wake Forest. Coral and mint wedding ideas. photographed by Caroline Lima.

As a wedding photographer who often does engagement sessions, one of my favorite things is meeting a couple, connecting with them, and then feeling the anticipation and excitement build as their big day approaches. When I first photographed Amy and Rob in the spring, I felt a special link to this bride-to-be; Amy was about to become a military wife (something I know a thing or two about!) and was such a sweetheart. They included their lab Lance in the session and shared the story of how she they met and then dated long-distance while he was deployed. The story was inspiring, and Amy’s spirit and love for Rob touched my heart. So I was thrilled when their wedding day finally arrived last week!
As soon as I got to the Sutherland Estate and Gardens, Amy and her mom Susan received me with so much love! I got big hugs! They told that me that my presence was calming and reassuring, which was such a sweet compliment, as I hope to bring that kind of energy into every wedding. The Sutherland (which is in Wake Forest, NC) is a lovely venue, combining absolutely beautiful grounds with a Southern-style home that makes an exceptional backdrop for photos. I love venues that seem to transport you to a different time and place, and the Sutherland definitely does that! It was a true pleasure to work there and alongside wedding planner Christy Ethridge! She was absolutely wonderful!
And then there’s that magic moment…the one I’ll always remember: when Amy stepped into the aisle with her beautiful rose bouquet, a huge smile on her face. And halfway to Rob, she just couldn’t hold back the emotion…happy tears came to her eyes! It was so beautiful and touching to see. She and Rob received their guests so graciously, taking the time to talk to every single person during the reception. Their happiness was so clear, just looking at their faces. What a gift to witness their joy and to be able to share it from behind the lens. I wish them all the best and hope you enjoy these photos from their day!

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The Sutherland Estate and Gardens Wedding

Thanks Jamie Vinson for shooting this wedding with me, you are so wonderful!

Venue: The Sutherland Estate and Gardens / Coordinator: Christy Ethridge with The Sutherland / Florist: Tea Cup Floral / Stationary: Minted / Cake Artist: Cake Couture / Catering: The Cook Shack / Ceremony and reception music: Making Memories DJ Service / Make-up: Thuy’s Color Studio / Hair: Wedding Hair by Liz / Wedding Dress, veil an bridesmaids dresses: Thornbury Brides / Shoes: Jack Rogers / Groomsmen’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse

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Charlottesville Wedding Photography

Long distance relationships are definitely not for everyone. You have to have a super-positive outlook and always find a way to see a light at the end of the tunnel. But if the love two people share can stand the test of time and distance, it is truly something special. And what Annie and Mat have definitely falls into this category.
These two met in graduate school at UNC. Mat was just finishing up his masters as Annie was entering the program for chemistry, and for a few years after he graduated Mat stayed in the Chapel Hill area, working and searching for a good job (he’s in the medical field). When he eventually found it…it was in Canada (Mat is Canadian)! But because this couple is so loving and unconditionally supportive of one another, they’ve made it work long distance for nearly four years. During that time, Annie was offered her own dream job in East Tennessee and of course Mat encouraged her to follow her heart and take it. And now the stars have finally aligned: Mat recently found out he landed a residency in the same location! I am so happy for them that they can finally be together again…and soon as husband and wife!
Our recent engagement session took place at this gorgeous house in Afton, VA that Annie’s parents (both architects) built. This stunning property is a perfect, unique mix of modern and rustic. It’s like the beautiful scenery outside is part of the interior design too, thanks to tall glass walls that let the light and sights in. Magnificent! Though I have to admit, the biggest pleasure was getting to see Annie and Mat together. Mat drove down from Canada the day before the session, a 17 hour journey, and they were so happy to be reunited. Near the end of the session, Annie’s parents joined in for a few shots, which was very special to me. And then there was Lily! She is an absolutely adorable mutt who loves some cuddles! We were able to wrangle her for a couple of shots before she went back to exploring the area. She had her doggie priorities! Truly a wonderful time spent in the morning with a very loving couple and family. Enjoy this selection from their engagement session!

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Lily is the most adorable photo bomber, she ran in and lovely stepped on Annie’s beautiful dress! hehehehe

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